ON WATCH: Recent lifeguard import to the Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Liam Toohey.
ON WATCH: Recent lifeguard import to the Rainbow Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Liam Toohey. Jenz Davidson

Rainbow Beach's new lifeguard trained on Sunshine Coast

LIAM Toohey is a new, permanent lifeguard at Rainbow Beach.

The 29-year-old hails from Caloundra and was working as a lifeguard at Noosa before his promotion.

"It's a step up the ladder, being posted here full-time," Liam said.

He may be new to the job at Rainbow, but Liam is already working towards bringing up his family to Rainbow Beach - partner Georgia Beckman   and 15-month-old son Koa - as soon as he can find permanent accommodation.

"I'm pretty happy for him (Koa) to come here and grow up here - it's an adventure playground for anyone of any age."

Georgia, who works from home, makes floor cushions and leather work, which she sells at the markets and on the internet.

Liam, who was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, came to Australia with his family when he was three years old and the move to Rainbow Beach is a natural one for him.

"I love the surfing, the lifestyle, the climate and the tight-knit community.

"I believe in country values and Rainbow Beach has it all."

His job will keep him busy, year round, as the fully qualified lifeguard is skilled in everything from advanced first aid to assisting police and the Coastguard with search and rescue operations.

"We're always on First Response, and there's always something going on."

Also, the beach remains fairly busy for much of the year, with a steady influx of tourists.

"Apart for the Christmas holidays, the September holidays are a busy time, with a lot of visitors from Victoria coming here to soak up some of that Queensland sun.

"There's always something to do, including maintenance."

Gympie Times


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